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40,000 Refugees and Counting

The city of Clarkston sits just outside of Atlanta and is one of the most diverse towns in America. Over the past 25 years, Clarkston has received over 40,000 refugees from countries like Syria, Vietnam, Congo, Ethiopia, and Somalia.

Living as a refugee is obviously not easy, but the people who migrate to Clarkston are strong and brave people. The Grace Village was formed to come alongside these refugees and help them transition into their new life.

Grace Village began operating when a group of churches in Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, DC came together to see how they could help. They have now spent over 10 years developing relationships with the people of Clarkston, GA through mobile outreach programs. Through those relationships, they've learned what it takes to really help these families thrive during their transitions as refugees and beyond.

After a while, it became clear that there was greater opportunity to get involved in the Clarkston community. Grace Village was formed and is now the location for many daily and weekly resources. These include medical care & clinics, PTSD counseling, Peace of Thread, Intertwined Candles, English as a Second Language courses, job training, skills training, tutoring, community events and more.


Let's take a closer look at a couple of the ministries offered by Grace Village. Peace of Thread, for instance, is a non-profit organization that empowers women who have come to the United States seeking refuge from war, persecution, and poverty to make a new life for themselves and their family. The women of Peace of Thread hand make high quality, one-of-a-kind handbags and accessories using top-of-the-line, up-cycled fabrics from the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. Our mission at Peace of Thread is to give a voice to families in vulnerable populations through employment. You can support these women and their work by visiting the Peace of Thread online shop or by donating to the organization.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are another important aspect of helping refugees transition. Imagine you've just moved overseas and no one speaks English - you'd want help, right? The Grace Village English class runs twice each week and is always looking for volunteers for both ESL teachers and child care during that time. For more information on how to get involved, e-mail

To learn more about the many exciting things happening at Grace Village and learn how you can get more involved, visit the Grace Village in Clarkston website.

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